Top 10 silliest stories of the month
Celebrating the strange, surreal, oddly ingenious and downright bizarre, we round up the month’s most offbeat drinks-related stories.
Argentina reports on ‘intense’ 2015 harvest
Heavy rainfall and frost contributed to a 10% drop in Argentina’s grape harvest in 2015, with Mendoza bearing the brunt of the bad weather.
The small peninsula of Macau plays host to a wealth of wine talent. Here, db HK rounds up 10 of the country’s finest and most passionate sommeliers.
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The Benevolent chairman Dan Townsend has invited the trade to raise funds for this charity by joining a Treasury Wine Estates team on the “Thames Path Challenge”.
Drivers in an Italian province can now drink a whole bottle of wine before driving and not lose their licence.
The latest figures from the Brewers Association show that craft beer’s rise is continuing in the US with production volumes up 16% so far this year.
A craft beer specialist claiming to be “the smallest pub in London” has opened close to Piccadilly.
India and China are driving demand for premium beer as emerging middle classes “adopt Western culture”, according to APAC Market’s latest report.
A US brewer is to release an official beer of AMC’s hit TV series The Walking Dead and its original comic book series.
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Is the 2006 Cheval Blanc a “dark horse” vintage for the Saint Emilion heavyweight?
The fourth vintage of Krug’s Clos d’Ambonnay, the 2000, has been released with just over 5,000 bottles available.
Charles Heidsieck outlined important finessing of its distribution as the Champagne house unveiled its Rosé Millésime 2006, the first since its 1999 vintage.
An employee of a Singaporean wine merchant illegally sold almost 15,000 bottles of company wine to pay loan sharks.
Nicolas Feuillatte increased its shipments by 19% between 2007 to 2014, the biggest growth of any Champagne brand during that period, according to a report by Shanken.
Hong Kong customers who buy Mumm Champagne through Watson’s Wines can win a trip to the 2015 Grand Prix in Singapore.
Champagne Krug has partnered with The Ritz London to offer guests a tasting flight on the terrace throughout August.
High end Prosecco and English sparkling wine have helped to drive a 40% year-on year uplift in fizz sales at Matthew Clark, one of the UK’s largest on-trade suppliers.
The Italian arm of British sports car manufacturer Aston Martin has teamed up with Dom Pérignon to offer a luxury Champagne extra that James Bond would be proud of.
Keeping your supply chain under control is vital for happy employees, satisfied customers and profitability, writes Crispin Mair of Crimson & Co.
Long-focused on expressing Rioja Alavesa’s diverse vineyard sites, Araex is now busy expanding its vision.
From modest beginnings in Rioja Alavesa, one man’s vision has taken him across the major wine regions of Spain, preserving and promoting their individuality while tackling the fragmentation that has hampered the country’s potential
The modern wine trader is undoubtedly a demanding beast. Not only do they want to keep costs down, but they want more visibility, increased flexibility of supply, as well as faster access to information.